Re: new monitor
- From: "Bob Lucas" <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009 15:26:50 -0000
Firstly, is your computer the same as the one at
You may have an earlier model . However, according to the
on-line brochure, the computer has an Integrated Intel® Extreme
Graphics i845GL chipset. I'm not sure whether that chipset is
capable of widescreen resolution - but it would definitely be a
good idea to install the latest drivers..
Have you checked the type of video adaptor and the driver
version (via Device Manager)?
If Device Manager indicates that your integrated Graphics card
has an Intel chipset, visit
The latter page has a link to a driver update utility, which
might provide an easy solution to your problem.
Install the latest drivers and follow my previous advice - to set
the video output to the lowest resolution. Then, connect your
new monitor and see whether you can set the resolution to 1440 x
900 (or any lower 16:9 resolution). If the graphics properties
do not offer 1440 x 900, increase the resolution progressively
until you find one that works OK.
If you discover that even with the latest drivers, your graphics
card still cannot support a widescreen TFT monitor, remove the
casing from your computer and check whether you have any vacant
Provided you have a spare PCI slot, visit a friendly computer
retailer and purchase a PCI video card that supports 1440 x 900
resolution. PC World should stock them - but may not be the
cheapest. If the retailer can't advise, go elsewhere. However,
virtually all of the latest graphics cards should support this
resolution - and you certainly don't require an expensive, top of
the range card for an elderly computer.
"nireman" <nireman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
thank you everybody,I think I have to upgrade to another.
I am using a nec powermate VL4 ( a bit dated but reliable and
adequate for me)
I hope they still make cards for it, does anybody have any idea
what type of
card is compatible
"Bob Lucas" wrote:
Yet another afterthought. Have you googled against Advent
A posting at
indicated that although the native resolution is 1440 x 900, a
setting of 1280 x 960 displays OK.
You will find additional guidance at
"Bob Lucas" <bob@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> The monitor model number of your new monitor includes the
> "w". Have you purchased a wide-screen (ratio 16:9) monitor.
> If your video card does not support widescreen ratios, then
> will never provide a satisfactory display on a widescreen
> monitor. If that is the case, you should follow previous
> advice and install a newer video card that does support
> I presume your old monitor does works OK. If so, you could
> the following workaround - to confirm whether you require a
> video card.
> Connect your old monitor and boot into Win XP (not safe
> Open Control Panel and click on the Display option. The
> description of this option might vary, depending upon the
> of video card.
> Make a note of the current settings. Then, change them to
> lowest colour quality, resolution and refresh rate that your
> monitor supports. These will probably be 16 bit, 800 x 600
> 60 Hz refresh rate. Save your changes and shut down your
> Connect the new monitor and re-boot. If you can see a
> using the lowest settings on the new monitor, try increasing
> the settings progressively, until you you reach the maximum
> settings that the monitor will display. If you have a
> widescreen monitor - and the display options do not include
> 16:9 ratios, then you will definitely need to install a new
> video card.
> If you cannot obtain a satisfactory display on the new
> change everything back to the lowest settings and shut down
> computer. Reconnect your old monitor. Reboot, and restore
> previous video settings.
> You asked whether you should go to device manager in safe
> uninstall the video driver and restart your computer. There
> really would
> be little point, particularly if your existing video card is
> incompatible with the monitor. If you decide to uninstall
> video driver, you do so at your own risk.
> However, safe mode uses native video drivers from your
> operating system - so provided your actual hardware (i.e.
> on-board video card) is serviceable, you should never be
> with a blank screen in safe mode.
> Before you even contemplate uninstalling the existing video
> driver, you should set a Restore Point - just in case. This
> will enable you to reboot into Safe Mode - and revert to a
> previous configuration, if you get into trouble. However,
> sure you also have access to your video driver files, in
> you need to reinstall them.
> I presume you are in the UK. UK law requires that unless
> accepted a defect that was pointed out to you before you
> completed the purchase, anything you purchase from a retail
> store must be "fit for purpose". The monitor should work,
> if you don't have the operating manual. If it doesn't work,
> is not "fit for purpose".
> I doubt whether incompatibility with an old video card means
> the monitor is not "fit for purpose" - unless you asked the
> salesman whether it was suitable for use with a particular
> computer. Even so, you might be entitled to return the
> and claim a refund.
> Currys is part of the DSG Group - and is the same company as
> World. "Advent" is one of their own-label brands.
> I searched the support sections on the PC World website at
> Unfortunately, I couldn't identify your particular model.
> However, the monitor should still benefit from a 12-month
> warranty, if you purchased it recently. Consequently, I
> you request email support from
> PC World should be able to provide details of the
> specification -
> including the native resolution. This will help you to
> a suitable video card.
> "nireman" <nireman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
>> unfortuantely, I bought this from currys as ex showroom
>> no manual. I
>> have tried the manufacturers website ( AOC ) I can find
>> for this
>> model ( advent mw19e ) I found online a recomendation to go
>> device manager
>> in safe mode an uninstall th video driver and restart my
>> computer. will this
>> leave me without a card altogether and a blank screen
>> "Leonard Grey" wrote:
>>> You need to purchase and install a video card that
>>> monitor's native resolution.
>>> The monitor's native resolution should be all over the
>>> manual and
>>> the manufacturer's website.
>>> You do not need to purchase a fancy, expensive video card.
>>> Leonard Grey
>>> Errare humanum est
>>> nireman wrote:
>>> > I have a 4 year old computer wHich has only the on board
>>> > graphics card.
>>> > I have been given a new monitor, when I plug it in,the
>>> > start
>>> > up process
>>> > appears on screen, Then when it starts to boot up the
>>> > screen
>>> > goes black and
>>> > it says on the screen (out of range) I think this means
>>> > the
>>> > graphics card is
>>> > out of range. do the newer flat screen monitors require
>>> > a
>>> > minimum size
>>> > graphics card, I think the on board card I have is 8mb.
>>> > any
>>> > help would be
>>> > greatly appreciated.
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